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1/13/13 1:19 P

For the supplements in the tracker, make sure the one you select "closely matches" to the one you are using.

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1/13/13 12:10 P

I find that adding more greens (spinach in my case) helps me to hit my RDA's easily. For under 200 calories, spinach provides over 100% DV of nearly every essential vitamin and mineral.
How many vegetable servings do you get in a day?

Edited by: MICHELLEXXXX at: 1/13/2013 (12:26)

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1/13/13 11:31 A

@ Becky: YAY! I didn't know that the vitamins were listed in the nutrition tracker. I'm so excicted. That makes a big difference in my nutrition tracking (especially for calcium and Vitamin D).

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1/13/13 10:31 A

I take a daily children's chewable vitamin. I chose to do this because multivitamin pills give me a stomach ache but the chewables do not.

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1/13/13 9:09 A

For most healthy adults, using a multiviatmin-mineral supplement is fine (such as a Centrum, One-a-Day, or similar store brand). Several are already in the nutrition tracker. I am glad that you entered your own.

The taking of any individual supplements should be discussed with one's doctor first.

For more on the topic of supplement safety, check out this article:

Dietitian Becky

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1/12/13 3:12 P

It is fine to take a multivitamin to meet your nutritional goals.

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1/12/13 12:39 P

I have been tracking my food for over a month now, and I am consistently not getting all the vitamins and nutrients from my diet, no matter how hard I try. It's challenging enough to balance proteins, carbs, and fats, while staying within recommended calorie range.

I tried finding multi vitamins in the nutrition tracker, but I had to enter my own.
With it, I am meeting most of my nutritional goals, so I wonder if anyone else is doing it, and what is Sparkpeople's position on taking supplements.

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